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Track & Field: Former Riverhead runner wins conference title


Former Riverhead track star Jacob Robinson earned his first career conference title with a victory in the 200-meter dash Friday at the Northeast-10 Track and Field Championships.

Robinson, who runs for Merrimack University, posted a time of 22.13 seconds to win the finals by the slimmest of margins in a photo finish. He edged Jashane Brown of American International College by one-tenth of a second. The top four runners were separated by just four-tenths of a second.

A freshman at Merrimack, Robinson posted the third best time in the preliminaries of the 200 by winning the third heat in 22.32. He found another gear for the finals to become the school’s fourth individual conference champion.

Robinson also ran the 400-dash and finished seventh in 49.92 to score two points for the team. He ran on the 4 x 400-meter relay that finished in 3:22.19 for sixth place.

Former Shoreham-Wading River standout runner Keith Steinbrecher also had a big day at the championships. A former county champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Steinbrecher posted a time of 9:24.83 to finish in second place in the event. A sophomore, Steinbrecher was the NE-10 Rookie of the Week last year in his freshman season for the week of April 15, 2015.

Merrimack competes next at the New England (NEICAAA) Championships starting Thursday at Southern Connecticut State.

Photo Caption: Jacob Robinson competes for Merrimack University as a sprinter on the track team. (Credit: Merrimack Athletics)

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